Buzz: Boomer Esiason discusses his tweets and Marty St. Louis/Ryan Callahan rumor

Over the weekend Boomer Esiason started tweeting that the Rangers were on the verge of a trade that would send Ryan Callahan somewhere for a player in the Eastern Conference who played in the Olympics.

The player Esiason was referring to was Marty St. Louis.

Esiason said this morning on his radio show, “Well…listen, I found out something about four weeks ago that was definitely being floated out there and definitely true and that was that the Rangers were going to try and acquire Marty St. Louis for Ryan Callahan. The reason they were going to do that was because Callahan wasn’t coming off his contract demands and if I were Ryan Callahan I wouldn’t come off my contract demands either, in fact nobody appreciates, respects or likes or loves the fact that he is our captain more than, how many times times have I told you that. This has nothing to do with how I feel, but with what I feel, what I believe is going to happen and will happen which is a one for one swap between the two captains from both of these teams.”

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He added, “remember that Marty St. Louis, and I don’t know Marty St. Louis at all, I don’t know him, I don’t know his representatives, I don’t know any of those people involved but he has a home up here in Greenwich. He is 38 years old, is the leading goal scorer down there, has one more year left on his contract which I believe that Glen Sather would like to have on his ledger because he knows what he has to pay for a player of that stature and can then fit Dan Girardi back on the contract because I know they want to keep Girardi in the worst way. It’s hard to let go of a right defenseman who is as good as Dan is. As much as I would like to pay Ryan Callahan if there were no salary cap in the NHL, they would keep him but I think the reality for it is that they need to get something for him and why not get a bonafide goal scorer and somebody who may be at the end of his career but still has a lot left.”

Boomer continued, “I also believe that there is a conditional draft pick that comes along with it if Callahan stays in Tampa Bay. I believe. The only reason this deal wouldn’t go through is if somebody gets cold feet or if somebody lowers their contract demands or if some unforeseen deal. Now, one of the reasons I sent out those clues over the weekend is because there is a lot to discuss about it. There is a lot of passion that is associated with who Ryan Callahan is and what he means to the Rangers fan base. The passion that Marty St. Louis has with the TBL and what he means for those franchises and what it means for franchise flexibility with free agency next year.”

“I believe that it gets done and the only reason it doesn’t get done is if somebody gets cold feet.”

On the Larry Brooks report, Esiason said, “well he says that it’s not happening now. We will see. I don’t think anybody was trying to undercut what I was saying or mock me, it’s just that their sources haven’t indicated that and okay.




13 comments
Justin
Justin

I agree that he not worth that asking price, no question. Look at the contract Toronto gave Clarkson. These guys gets these huge contracts from teams and become an albatross around the teams neck and its just uncomfortable. You cant pay a guy based on intangibles.

That being said, if Sather turns around this off season and signs another teams free agent for the same money or more and they are a lesser player than Callahan it will be all a waste

Kevin
Kevin

What I don't understand about this "deal" is that Tampa's biggest organizational need is a defensemen.  Their system is utterly lacking on the defensive end at all levels.  It's not from a lack of defensive forwards but because of fringe defensive defensemen.  Watching their farm system for 2 seasons has really pointed this out.  St. Louis is an asset they can move because they have guys in the pipeline who can score, but I am shocked they would move him to plug a hole they don't have.  Why they would move St. Louis for Callahan and not Girardi is the baffling part.  


It's like the Isles trading for Vanek and not Miller.  It just doesn't make much sense to me.  

Frank B
Frank B

I dont get the trade at all. Why get rid of a grit player, The Captain of your team with the possibility of upsetting team chemistry with the playoffs around the corner for a 39 yo. I dont think it would improve the team.

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill

You guys may think that..but he has been pretty in the know w/ the rangers somehow...


he talked about Klein for a while.and he knew the lockout was ending when it did and a few other things.

Joey Tillman
Joey Tillman

Boomer another Baffon who thinks he know hockey

avery16
avery16

I doubt this ever happens! There is no reason for Tampa to let MSl go especiially with Stamkos coming back this week.This is a case of a overblown talking head beleiving his own hype! I have listened to the show with him and Carton the adolesecent and regadrless of their ratings I think neither brings anything to the NY sports scene!

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

The Vanek trade had me scratching my head as well. The isles also sent 2 picks to Buffalo

In the end I think a deal is done with Callahan. I think he's still a little sore with management over when Dibinsky got paid over him. If he is a Ranger, he will come to earth with his demands. A 24 point player isn't worth 6-7 mil per year long term. I think they have until July 1st to get a deal done. We just don't know that.

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

It's all about his contract demands and the salary cap. Plain and simple.

Marc Marsella
Marc Marsella

@Frank B Rangers want to keep Cally, so does mostly every fan, but this is a business. It really is not a game. This is killing me, he is my favorite player, and would be a huge blow if he goes.


@wally1616 Cally has been in the top 3 in scoring for this team for several seasons, he is a solid 2nd line shut down forward, who plays on both special teams, but he is also one of the best on the special teams. One thing that makes me love cally so much is his ability to score or create offense on a PK, not many players can do that on a consistent basis.

wally1616
wally1616

@Frank B His contract demands don't reflect his middle of the pack statistics. he's not as big an offensive talent as St Louis is. The rangers don't need grit as much as offense especially now that Zuccarello is out and their offensive role players are succeeding.  

avery16
avery16

 He no longer is on the PP nor should he be. He is NOT a $6.5mm-$7mm player, never was and never will be.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

@avery16 he SHOULD be on the PP for two reasons -- he knows how to get in front of the net and screen the goaltender, and he knows how to tack in rebounds.


Sorry, but Cally is easily a 25 goal scorer year in and year out with PP time.  Anybody that doesn't agree hasn't watched the team the last few years.